PolitiFact shoots self in foot defending Biden’s use of a fake backdrop for his COVID booster

PolitiFact shoots self in foot defending Biden’s use of a fake backdrop for his COVID booster
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Last week, LU ran a post asking, “Did Biden get his booster shot on a movie set built to look like the White House?” In the piece we observed that “something about the footage was odd,” adding that “the leaves on the trees outside the White House window remain absolutely motionless throughout the video.”

Later in the post, we asked a related question: “Did the administration build a sound stage complete with props inside the White House, and if so why?”

No sooner had the post gone live than the reliably left “watchdog” PolitiFact published an answer to the title question, rating social media posts that made similar allegations “false.” “Our research,” the PolitiFact writers dutifully noted, “uncovered no evidence that the White House intended to mislead anyone by using the windows-and-white-columns background.”

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But they never answer the question of why a fake “windows-and-white-columns background” needed to be built in the first place. Aren’t there already enough picturesque genuine settings in the White House that can be — that have been! — used for such purposes? (PolitiFact writes subsequently, as though it somehow validates their argument, that the backdrop “had already been used in one official event five days before Biden received his booster shot.”)

One of the social media posts PolitiFact calls out claims that “the entire Biden presidency is one giant charade.” I would agree that the author of that quote is guilty of hyperbole, but I wouldn’t dismiss the claim outright. There is much about this presidency that remains a mystery, such as identity of the elusive “they” in utterances by the president such as  “they gave me a list” of reporters to call on.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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